For many people, not only is there a paradoxical tension of anonymity and unity at the communion table, but at times, communion has been reduced to mere ritual and formality- something we should do, but without any real sense of why.
TAKES ON TRANSFIGURATION I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming...
As I sat in front of the TV watching the horrific scenes of the marathon bombing unfold in front of me, I couldn’t evade...
My Mary Kathryn, 9, is getting involved in competitive gymnastics this year in a gym in Lexington. I spend one evening each week watching her at work. Equipment of all aeronautical sorts covers the expansive gym floor. The gymnasts systematically work from one station to the next doing their exercises. These young men and women, with the instruction of the masters (i.e. their coaches), push the human body to infinity and beyond. Through a thousand falls and missteps and almost routine crash and burn efforts they discipline their bodies in the movements of grace. As I scan the gym floor, almost everyone is pulling an epic fail somewhere. At the same time, the place almost constantly flashes with bursts of perfection. I'm not talking about the perfection of flawless performance. Flawless performance may or may not be present. I'm talking about the brand of perfect that happens when someone goes head long, […]
Christian worship should seek to bring us into a formative encounter with the Holy Trinity, and to ensure that this happens, we ought to occasionally reflect on the faithfulness of our worship to biblical revelation. In this Seven Minute Seminary, Dr. Lester Ruth offers some provocative advice pastors and worship designers.
For the past five years I’ve often been asked to lecture on the “History of ‘Contemporary Worship.’” As oxymoronic as that sounds, I have...
It's vital that the worship in church services fits into the overall theological and practical goals of individual churches. Worship Pastor Drew Causey offers 4 steps that pastors can take to initiate better communication with worship leaders and to encourage a healthy worship program.
In A Metrical Psalter: The Book of Psalms Set to Meter for Singing, Julie and Timothy Tennent have faithfully set the biblical text into poetical form in a beautiful hardback book—not writing new poetry about the Psalms, but following the exact text of the psalm as closely as possible.
If I asked you who your worship leaders are, what would you say? Emily Barlow explains how worship leaders can be found in some unexpected places.
Sometimes the best lessons about the sacred come from the most ordinary things. Joel Mooneyhan shares what he learned about ministry from drawing class.